By AOMEI / Last Updated January 8, 2020

Why Clone Windows 7 to New Hard Drive?

As time goes by, users will usually fill up more and more space on their system drives which eventually leads to a low disk space warning. This is compounded by fact that many newly released applications have changed from using small file sizes to larger releases, this has further increased the likelihood of receiving a low disk warning. Users are now waking up to the fact that their original system drives are no longer fit for purpose. So, what can they do unless they want to replace their entire PC?

To fix the low disk space warning issue, we recommend cloning your Windows 7 system drive to a newer larger hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD). By upgrading your drive with a newer larger one you will benefit from a range of improvements (faster read/write speeds, more storage space, faster boot times). Now let’s keep reading to find out about the best disk cloning software that can help you fix your computer.

The Best Disk Cloning Software for Windows 7

If you want to clone your hard drive easily, then you will need a reliable and powerful disk cloning program. We recommend you use AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition, an easy to use specialist disk management tool.

  • The Disk Clone and Partition Clone features can help you clone either the entire hard or selected partitions.

  • System Clone, an advanced feature that is built-in Professional edition, lets you clone only the operating system.

  • You can easily clone between HDDs and SSDs and it even allows you to clone larger HDDs to smaller SSDs as well!

Cloning your Windows 7 hard drive can be completed using the Disk Clone function, which is free for commercial and personal use in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Now let’s check the next part to see how to clone Windows 7 to new hard drive.

Step by Step: How to Clone a Hard Drive in Windows 7

Insert your SSD into the PCs drive bay and make sure that it can be detected. If there is no extra room inside the laptop to install extra disks, then you will need a SATA to USB adaptor.

To clone Windows 7 to HDD/SSD, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Connect the new hard drive to your Windows 7 PC. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Click the Clone option and select Disk Clone.

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Disk Clone

Helpful Tips:

  • If you only want to clone your Windows 7 system to HDD or SSD, you can upgrade to Professional version to unlock this feature.

  • If you want to clone only a data partition like the D or E drive on the hard drive, then please give Partition Clone a shot.

Step 2: Select the current Windows 7 hard drive as the source disk. Click Next and then select the new hard drive as the destination disk.

Select Disk

Step 3: You can now preview the Operation Summary. In this case, the entire hard drive will be cloned to new disk. If you wish to begin, confirm the operation, and click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Helpful Tips:

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all of the sectors on the drive (including unused ones) to the new drive. This requires that the target disk is equal to or larger than the source disk. If you keep this option unchecked, then the software will only clone the used part of the source disk. Which is useful when cloning a larger drive to a smaller one.

  • Tick SSD Alignment if the new drive is an SSD. It will accelerate the read and write speeds of the SSD.

Step 4: When the process has completed, click on Finish to close the window. You can now shut down your PC and replace the old hard drive with the new one. If you keep both drives connected, please remember to change the boot order in the BIOS to the new HDD and restart the PC.


It’s not hard to clone Windows 7 hard drive to new drive, is it? With its simple user interface and clear prompts, it’s easy to see why AOMEI Backupper is regarded as an all-in-one and easy-to-use cloning program that can help you clone Windows 7 on both desktops and laptops. And the best bit? AOMEI Backupper doesn’t just do disk cloning, it’s also a powerful disk management tool which can help with System Backups, File Backups, Disk Backups, and Partition Backups. You can even set a scheduled backup task in Windows 7 to ensure your data’s safe all the time.